TLP Elects Officers, Welcomes New Board Members

Tiger Lily Press members gathered at the Annual Meeting on January 25, 2020, to approve new board members, welcome continuing board members, and elect officers. 

The Board of Tiger Lily Press directs day-to-day operations and advises on strategic planning for the non-profit arts organization, which was awarded 501(c)3 status in 2016.  

Blanche Pringle Smith and Diane Stemper join as new board members for a three year term.

Before joining Tiger Lily Press in January 2018, Blanche Pringle Smith received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in 1975, with concentrations in oil painting, graphic design, photography and drawing. She has exhibited her work in group shows at the McCree Theater in Flint, Michigan and William Monroe Trotter House during the Ann Arbor Art Fair. She organized an alternative exhibit in A2 to give urban artists an opportunity to show their work during one of the nation’s largest art fairs. She served as set designer for a small community theater in Detroit, coordinated the 5th Annual 13th Congressional District “Artistic Discovery” exhibition and served as Artist-in-Residence for the 6th Annual African Village Weekend in Pomona, California.

Diane Stemper joined Tiger Lily Press in 2017. She received a B.F.A. in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University. Most recently, Stemper exhibited her artist books in the exhibitions, Artful Books, Langsam Library, University of Cincinnati; A Symbiotic Affair, Walter E. Havigurst Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; The Printed Page, Regis University, Denver, Colorado; and as an exhibitor at Codex VII: International Book Fair in Richmond, California. Her work is in private collections and in the collections of The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; Stanford University Special Collections, California; Oberlin College, Ohio; Denison University, Ohio; Main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio; Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio as well as several others. Stemper was a member of the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative for many years and served on the Board of the Cincinnati Books Arts Society. She has worked in the non-profit arts sector for many years as a teaching artist, program coordinator and fundraiser.

Jonpaul Smith has committed to an additional three year term. Louann Elliot, Maureen George, Jay Harriman, Tory Keith, Mary Mark, Susan Naylor, and Carole Winters continue as board members. 

April Foster, Nicci Mechler, and Nancy Turner rotate off the board and were thanked for their contributions. 

Officers were elected: Louann Elliot will continue as President; Jonpaul Smith will serve as Vice President; Blanche Pringle Smith has graciously volunteered as Secretary; Susan Naylor continues as Treasurer. 

Susan also volunteers as the Shop Manager and is one of TLP’s studio monitors. Beth Brann, Blanche Pringle Smith, and Mary Woodworth are also paid studio monitors. These positions are funded by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and enable Tiger Lily Press to remain open when the Dunham Recreation Administration Building is closed. 

All board members and monitors are artists/printmakers. 

Tiger Lily Press is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, preserving, and promoting the art of printmaking in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.